Course DescriptionThe third in a four-part sequence in writing a feature film screenplay, this course focuses on the greatest challenge facing screenwriters: writing the second act. As you write these crucial 60 pages, you refine your story outline; flesh out main and secondary characters; continue to develop the art of the scene as it pertains to type, choice, structure, and placement; and begin to discover each character's unique voice. You also learn the habits you need to sustain the work of writing a screenplay. The goal is to write Act II. May be repeated for credit.
Course OutlineTackle writing the second act of your script and learn powerful creative techniques in our third course in the screenwriting sequence.
Course may be taken as a certificate program core requirement.
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PrerequisitesX 440A Writing the First Screenplay I and X 440B Writing the First Screenplay II. Students must bring their beat sheets or treatments and Act I to the first class meeting and be prepared to write.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Directing : Elective
- Entertainment Studies : Electives
- Feature Film Writing : Defined First Requirement, Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing
- Film and TV Development : Electives
- Screenwriting: Film and TV Comprehensive : Defined Third Requirement, Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required
- Television Writing : Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing